Consider Succulents for adding variety to Commercial Interiorscapes

succulents for interior plantscaping installationsWhile commercial interiorscapes are usually built around installations of tropical and subtropical plants, surprisingly, succulent plants also have a role to play. Succulents naturally bring wide open sandy deserts to mind, but some of these easy-care plants tolerate low light and easily adapt to indoor container living. They provide a very wide range of form, color, and size and live a long time.

Many succulent plants are characterized by tough-skinned fleshy leaves, which have adapted over time to conserve water in areas of the world having little rainfall. They grow well indoors, provided they have adequate light and are watered properly. Most prefer their place in the sun, where bright light exposure brings out natural coloration. They are durable and drought tolerant. But keep in mind that drought tolerant plants still require some watering.

In an indoor commercial plantscaping environment, the following succulents stand out for their ability to thrive in low light situations:

Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)

This striking striped vertical plant has very low water requirements and does not need direct light. Our Interior Plantscaping Team installed rows of snake plants at True Food Kitchen locations in Bethesda, MD and Fairfax, VA. The low-light conditions inside the restaurant made them a perfect choice!

succulent snake plant interiorscaping installation

Jade Plant (Crassula ovata)

This plant also likes it dry and can tolerate lack of direct sunlight. It also tolerates temperatures as low as 50 degrees F. It will drop leaves if it is stressed; give it time to acclimate if moved.

Hens and Chicks (Echeveria Elegans or Sempervivum)

A natural in dish gardens and newly prized as a wedding favor, this rosette-shaped succulent also produces tiny flowers on a vertical  spike. As it is not bothered by lower temperatures, porches and sunrooms are ideal. But its leaves can bruise if bumped or splashed with water.

The “Succie” Trend

Succulent plants, affectionately known in the trade as "succies," have made a comeback in home and office over the past few years. They are collected and prized for their color, pattern and texture variety, and ability to withstand somewhat cramped quarters. Dish gardens, rows of clay pots and succulent wreaths pepper the pages of home style magazines and Instagram feeds. Trailing varieties are also popular as wall decoration.

succulent care

Succulent Care

Succulents need a special soil mix to be happy, typically containing sand and grit. A good recipe is 2 parts compost, 2 part sand and 2 parts pumice or perlite. Add 2 tablespoons dolomitic lime and one-third cup charcoal per gallon. Using gravel over the soil in a succulent container can keep water from rotting the base of the plant.

succulent craze

Clay pots are a great choice for succulent plants as they let water evaporate and the roots of the plant dry out. Most succulents prefer to dry out after a regular weekly soaking. In winter, they go dormant and need little to no water, depending on environmental conditions. Signs of over watering are yellowed leaves. Signs of a thirsty succulent are shriveled lower leaves. However, it is normal for lower leaves to shrivel and drop off as they age.

Dish gardens containing a variety of different succulents pose particular care challenges. Plants that look great together may not have the same light or watering requirements and growth rates may vary. This is why sometimes, for commercial interiorscapes, it’s a wise decision to enlist the services of a professional interiorscaping company to assess your requirements and then determine which types of indoor plants will work best in your commercial facility.

succulent dish garden

Our Interior Plantscaping Team is always happy to provide you with a free, no-obligation quote. Just use the convenient contact form on our Interior Plantscaping Services page to get in touch today!

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